Dental Veneers : Everything You Should Know
Chipped, cracked, and discolored teeth not only damage your appearance but can also weaken your dental structure. Furthermore, cracked teeth provide a favorable environment for bacteria to fester. At Merrimack Valley Dental Care, we offer multiple veneers options to address your different oral needs.
Before you can come for dental veneers in Nashua, here are seven things you need to know.
1. Dental Veneers Are Available in Two Types
Veneers are thin shells placed on the surface of the tooth to improve its size and appearance. These wafer-like dental supports are available in two options: composite and porcelain veneers.
Composite veneers are made of resin sculpted and applied on the teeth on a single dental visit. Although composite veneers are easily applied, they only last between four to five years.
Porcelain veneers, on the other hand, need two dental procedures. But on the upside, the veneers last for a decade and with proper care, you can have them for 15 years.
2. Dental Veneers Are Semi-Permanent
Although dental veneers are thought to be permanent, they are not. As aforesaid, they last for about 15 years, after that you will need to replace them. The dentist may also replace them earlier than expected if they crack or chip.
3. Porcelain Veneers Can Fix a Range of Imperfections
Our dentist in Nashua may recommend dental veneers to correct various problems such as:
- Discolored teeth. Professional teeth whitening is the first-choice treatment, but for severe discoloration, veneers are an ideal option. Moreover, teeth whitening is not ideal for everyone, so our dentist will use dental veneers in such situations.
- Chipped, worn out, cracked, or broken teeth
- Minor misaligned teeth
Remember, as effective as dental veneers are, they are not for everybody. If you suffer from bruxism, structural damage, crossbite, gum disease, severe overcrowding, or excessive cavities dental veneers may not be a solution. It is important to speak to our dentist for guidance on which dental solutions are ideal for you.
4. Veneers and Crowns Are Different
Both dental crowns and veneers are used to improve the appearance and function of the teeth. Furthermore, they both require the trimming down of the enamel. The primary difference between them is that veneers are fixed on the front part of the teeth while crowns cover the entire tooth.
5. The Procedure Is Irreversible
Fixing the veneers involves grounding down the enamel. With the veneers, you will still have your natural teeth, but they will be trimmed to fit in the dental fixtures. As you know, once the enamel is trimmed, it doesn’t grow back. That means you will still need dental veneers or crowns should you choose to change your dental treatment.
6. The Process Is Short
Getting dental veneers requires a few dental visits, but it’s usually a maximum of three visits. The initial consultation is for assessment and planning. Our dentist in Nashua will assess and discuss the treatment process and what is involved. An x-ray may be done to assess the condition of your gums and surrounding teeth. The dentist will then trim your enamel and take an impression of your teeth. Temporary dental veneers will be fixed as you wait for the permanent ones to be made.
The second and third dental appointments involve fixing the permanent veneers and follow up to check how the veneers fit.
7. Veneers Discolor, but You Can’t Whiten Them
Porcelain veneers are tooth-colored and closely resemble your teeth in appearance and function. Just like natural teeth, the veneers can discolor because of the overconsumption of tea and coffee. Unfortunately, you can’t whiten your veneers as the color can’t be altered after its fixed. The best option is to whiten your teeth before fixing the dental veneers, and also avoid overconsuming beverages like coffee and tea.
Come for Dental Restoration
If you are unhappy with the state of your teeth, dental veneers are the perfect solution as they are non-invasive and long-lasting dental procedures. When you are ready to make a change, call us and schedule an appointment. We have an experienced dental team providing high-quality dental care to all our patients.